A Memorable Year
As we welcome another promising year, we reflect on all the amazing work our faculty, staff and students put forth in 2018. We wish you and yours happiness and health in 2019 and thank you for your continued support.
2018 UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies Alumni Achievement Honoree
Dean Cary presented Rita Haxton, DNP, RN, NEA-BC (MSN, 1987), with this year’s Alumni Achievement Award at the UMKC Gala Awards Ceremony. Haxton is the Vice President of Oncology and Inpatient Surgical Services at Baylor University Medical Center.
Welcoming the new Bachelor of Science in Public Health Program
We’re excited to welcome the first cohort of students into the new Bachelor of Public Health program. Public Health student Krunal Bombaywala (pictured right) and Program Director Joseph Lightner (pictured left) recently attended and presented at the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting. Dr. Lightner was elected to the APHA Governing Council – a great leadership opportunity!
KC HealthTracks Wins Additional Funding
The high school pipeline program to prepare students for admission to the health professions, KC HealthTracks, at the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies received an additional $551,000 in year four funding.
Collaborative Receives Grants Totaling $10.5 million
The two grants, $8 million and $2.5 million, were awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and are led by the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies Collaborative to Advance Health Services. Pictured (from left): Laurie Krom, Collaborative; Patricia Stilen, Collaborative; Senator Roy Blunt; Holly Hagle, Collaborative; Chancellor Agrawal; and Dean Cary.
Alumni in Action
We have many exciting opportunities for our alumni to stay involved with the school. Your engagement lets our students know there is someone out there (in the profession) who cares.
UMKC Appoints New Chancellor
UMKC appointed C. Mauli Agrawal (right) as the new chancellor. Agrawal was interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Texas at San Antonio. As part of his introduction tour of UMKC, the chancellor got first-hand experience with the school’s Simulation Lab and students in action.
White Coat Ceremony
We gathered to celebrate the BSN Accelerated Class of 2020 and the BSN Traditional Class of 2021 and honor their acceptance into the clinical portion of the nursing program.
Another Group of Graduates of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program
UMKC's newest Nurse Practitioner program, the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track, continued its strong growth with another graduating class this December. Since its inception, the program has delivered 87 graduates into the mental health workforce.
Joining the Field of Nursing: 2019 Graduating Senior Carolyn Pjecha
Before beginning her time at UMKC, Carolyn was named a UMKC Trustee Scholar for which she received a full ride (tuition, housing and book allowance). She plans to pursue a nursing position in critical care in the Chicago area.
Advancing Academic Nursing Higher Education
Dean Cary continues her national leadership as chair of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Board of Directors. The association is the national voice for academic nursing representing over 810 institutions offering academic nursing programs, and is an integral part in guiding quality standards and policy for academic nursing.
Welcoming New Faculty in 2018
Sherri Sellers, MSN, WHNP, DNP, joined our Master of Science in Nursing, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program.
Sharon White-Lewis, Ph.D., a tenure track faculty, joined our Ph.D. program.
Joey Lightner, Ph.D., a tenure track faculty is the new BSPH program director.
Melody Goebel, MSN, joined our Bachelor of Science in Nursing faculty. (Not Pictured)